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Charles Newcombe (CharlesN2C517)

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I was first born in Toledo, Ohio, and re-born through faith in the Lord Jesus (see John 1:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:16-18) at Patrick A.F.B., Florida. I'm a graduate of Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, majoring in biblical studies. My minor probably can be considered creative writing having studied such correspondently before college, and then English and creative writing in college. Later, I studied Proofreading and Copyediting online via Universal Class to help in developing my writing craft. I have written for the Global Prayer Digest, a ministry of Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, California. I had also worked for the William Carey Library Publishers as order processor and shipper.

Traveling this vale below I have realized the existence of the two worlds--the temporal and the eternal. Coming to that crossroads in my own life, I chose the "one less traveled by" (see Matthew 7:12-14). Hence, here is my personal paraphrase of Robert Frost's poem THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, only for me it's The Road Taken:

Two roads forked along my earthly path,
Yet, one like what I've been traveling all my days.
I as one traveler, at that fork, long I stood,
Looking down the other as far as I could
Narrower and winding it was
Hardly any travelers trekking down that road.

The other (so familiar), broad and wide,
Brilliantly lighted, and voices of joy it seemed –
Sports fans, movies, and TV, the Hollywood craves.
I enjoyed it too for many of my days,
But then at that fork I stood. Then a whisper,
“Come along now, try the narrow path.”

I shall be telling this with a glee
Somewhere strolling along this temporal way:
Two roads forked along my earthly path,
I took the one less traveled by.
Though rocks and ruts there have been,
Yet trekking with Jesus has made all the difference.

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  • Clash of the Worlds – Chapter Three
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    Clash of the Worlds – Chapter Three

    7 days ago

    Sunday morning – in Mid-Central the special day for God’s people to attend church; for others, it’s just another shopping day. The displays reflecting the season arouse the evil one’s displeasure.

  • Clash of the Worlds—Chapter Two
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    Clash of the Worlds—Chapter Two

    6 days ago

    Christmas comes to Mid-Central; we see the two lives—one has to be urged to take a break from work for the season. The other and her best friend enjoy and discover the real meaning of the Season.

  • Clash of the Worlds—Chapter One
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    Clash of the Worlds—Chapter One

    11 days ago

    A story of three lives: one living in the dark light of the present world system; two born and taught the Light of the King of kings from a Godly grandmother.

  • Clash of the Worlds—Prologue
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    Clash of the Worlds—Prologue

    2 weeks ago

    Impressed in realizing the two worlds in this time, from my imagination I wrote this piece expressing my impression of such. Here is the prologue; the various chapters will soon follow.

  • Laborers Together
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    Laborers Together

    4 weeks ago

    We are laborers together, not singly. Jesus called out the 12 and sent them out two-by-two. Together they are a help to one another. And so are we in this time, a team, not “lone rangers.”

  • Purposed Living in a Darkened World
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    Purposed Living in a Darkened World

    2 months ago

    Matthew 5:13-14, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

  • Sorry World
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    Sorry World

    2 months ago

    A tale of fiction, of one man reflecting upon his own weakness, struggles, and the “storms” of life, realizing through it all God’s grace is all-sufficient.

  • Earthly Pleasures
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    Earthly Pleasures

    2 months ago

    Earthly pleasures, in this temporal time soon find their end, pleasurable while they last, yet only a happy remembrance for a while when they come to an end. Read of a more pleasurable pleasure.

  • Channel Masters
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    Channel Masters

    2 months ago

    Watching television has become America's favorite pastime today, whether actually via a set, the Internet, or "Smartphone." It has enhanced our attitudes, habits, and conversation.

  • An Opportunity Unexpected
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    An Opportunity Unexpected

    2 months ago

    Before Christ's return, we have time to live out our beliefs and to reflect Jesus' love toward others, attentive to witnessing opportunities God brings across our way.

  • Escape to Reality
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    Escape to Reality

    2 months ago

    Out of the darkness I’ve escaped, thanks to Jesus, and into reality; having chosen the way less traveled by, I’m now walking among the “children of light”.

  • Exemplary Employed
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    Exemplary Employed

    2 months ago

    That evening young Ernie recalled the events of the day; how blessed he'd been meeting that ancient airman, causing a moment’s pause along his way, challenging him toward a more exemplary employment.

  • On the Eve of Spring
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    On the Eve of Spring

    2 months ago

    A true happening in my life with a touch of humor; a fresh reminder that, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken…”

  • Christmas – the Jolly and the Joy
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    Christmas – the Jolly and the Joy

    2 months ago

    Amidst all the trimmings, gifts, and ornaments that make Christmas a “jolly” time of year let us not forget the joy, the real reason for the season.

  • More Than a There
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    More Than a There

    2 months ago

    How important is a name? Very important to Jesus; He knows us all—by name, and “up close and personal”. We are not just a “There” to Him.

  • Grief Relieved
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    Grief Relieved

    14 months ago

    Losing my young nephew, he at a young age, put a hole in my world, my life will never be the same, yet there is consolation, and hope for new a beginning.

  • Urgent Care
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    Urgent Care

    2 months ago

    Further down the mountain I was hiking with a friend a difficulty I had experienced. A little rest and water I figured was what all I needed. The Boy Scout troop coming upon me thought differently.

  • My Most “Memorable” Trip Home
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    My Most “Memorable” Trip Home

    15 months ago

    A memorable trip I had experienced through the night. Even though I was unable to see in advance what I would experience, taking the bus was the wiser choice.

  • Journey into Reality
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    Journey into Reality

    2 months ago

    A fictional tale of a young entrepreneur learning to respond to trials not with an "Oh my!" but a "Be glad!”—To "count it all joy" when facing trials encountered along life’s journey.

  • Deterioration
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    Deterioration

    16 months ago

    In a word, to describe it all I think just might be: deterioration. Changes taking place everywhere, not just in my city, I’m sure, but all around the world.

  • Living on the Edge of Narnia
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    Living on the Edge of Narnia

    2 months ago

    Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, this tale of fiction relates the reality of life in these times. Any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

  • The Silencing of Christmas
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    The Silencing of Christmas

    2 months ago

    Though a work of fiction, this story shares the real meaning of Christmas. Except for the name of Jesus, all other names are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental.

  • Waiting in a World of Hurry
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    Waiting in a World of Hurry

    2 months ago

    “…Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes…” (Psalm 37:7, NLT.)

  • Quenched Thirst
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    Quenched Thirst

    2 months ago

    Jesus said, “...those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14, NLT.)

  • Breaking Away from the Human Rush
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    Breaking Away from the Human Rush

    2 months ago

    Time—often a great barrier, or hindrance, to accomplishing what we need to, or want to, accomplish. “Oh, if I only had more time,” is the common wish today.

  • Compassionately Struck
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    Compassionately Struck

    2 months ago

    "When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36, NLT.)

  • Managing Our Desires
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    Managing Our Desires

    2 months ago

    “[Knowing] that they were naked… they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths… And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them,” Genesis 3:7, 21

  • Perils of the Prairie
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    Perils of the Prairie

    2 months ago

    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go," Joshua 1:9

  • The Unfaithful Son
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    The Unfaithful Son

    2 months ago

    "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" Mark 5:36-37

  • Despair to Joy
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    Despair to Joy

    2 months ago

    “Look!” Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

  • An Inner Storm
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    An Inner Storm

    2 months ago

    Is true happiness found in financial wealth and material goods? This fictional account is of one who thought it was; yet he didn’t find it. Through time, he learns where true happiness is found.

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